Scientific name: Galleria mellonella
Taxonomic classification: Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta, Order Lepidoptera, Family Pyralidae, Genus Galleria.
Geographic distribution: The Wax Moth (Galleria mellonella) is native to Europe but has been introduced to many other parts of the world, including North and South America, Asia, and Oceania.
Physical characteristics: The Wax Moth larvae measure approximately 2.5 to 4 cm in length. They have a yellowish-white body with a black head. The body is segmented with legs and hairs on each segment.
Behavior: Wax Moth larvae feed on materials such as beeswax and other bee products, including pollen, honey, and bee larvae.
Conservation status: There is no specific information available on the conservation status of Galleria mellonella as it is not a species of particular conservation concern.
Additional notes: Wax Moth larvae are used in the animal feed industry as a source of protein for reptiles, birds, and other animals. They are also widely used in scientific research, especially in the fields of immunology and genetics, due to their immune system and ease of laboratory rearing.